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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 989-7060
Tel: (877) 747-2243
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Rabies Map 2013

In 2013, a total of 34 rabid bats were found in Los Angeles County.  This total includes one bat found in the city of Pasadena (which tracks its own rabid bats). It was the third year in a row we detected an above-average amount. During most years, we find between 8 to 12 rabid bats per year.

Most bats in nature do NOT have rabies. Read more about it in the lower right section of this page.

Below is a list of the incidents in which rabid bats were found:

1. Los Angeles. March. Sick bat on sidewalk. Sniffed, but not touched, by two leashed dogs.

2. Lancaster. March. Bat flew around outside home in daylight, settled onto the side of a house.

3. Pasadena. [Data shared by Pasadena Humane Society]. March. Bat found at a business.

4. Los Angeles. April. Bat flew into a garbage can at a school, then crawled underneath it.

5. Bell Gardens. April. Bat found alive clinging to a wall in the middle of the afternoon.

6. Canoga Park. May. Bat found in the afternoon on sidewalk outside of a store.

7. Stevenson Ranch. May. Found dead outdoors.

8. Santa Clarita. May. Live bat found outdoors.

9. Santa Clarita. June. Found dead in a backyard.

10. Palmdale. June. Found dead in a backyard.

11. Calabasas. July. Found in a home where four people and two cats were staying.

12. Porter Ranch. July. Bat found on ground at a church.

13. Saugus. July. Dog carrying bat around in its mouth.

14. Los Angeles. July. Bat found on a front porch  floor.

15. Malibu. July. Bat found alive around on ground in a park.

16. Santa Clarita. July. Bat found weak but alive in a driveway outside a home.

17. Santa Clarita. July. Bat found weak but alive in a driveway outside a home (same place as bat #15).

18. Unincorporated area of Pasadena. July. Bat found alive outside a home.

19. Santa Clarita. August. Found alive in driveway. Covered with a bucket and Animal Control contacted.

20. Altadena. August. Bat found alive outdoors.

21. Covina. August. Bat found dead on a balcony.

22. Santa Clarita. August. Bat found clinging to side of garage.

23. Santa Clarita. August. Bat found dead next to pool.

24. Chatsworth. August. Bat found alive at a home.

25. Canyon Country. August. Bat found dead outdoors.

26. Valencia. August. Bat found alive at a home.

27. Northridge. August. Bat found under a tree in backyard, hissed as resident approached. Feral cats visit backyard also.

28. Canyon Country. August. Bat found dead on a back patio. Cat may have played with it, placed under 30-day home quarantine.

29. Woodland Hills. August. Bat found alive in a driveway, hissed when approached.

30. Agoura Hills. August. Bat found alive in a garage, sitting on chair. Cat may have come into contact with it.

31. Tarzana. September. Bat found alive at a home.

32. West Hollywood. September. Bat found in backyard and picked up by puppy.

33. Santa Clarita. October. Bat seen hanging from eave of home, and later lying on ground.

34. Newhall. October. Bat found alive inside a home.








Lasted edited 3.13.14

Bats are the animals that most commonly carry rabies in our county. However, only about 1% of bats in nature are infected with rabies. Most bats are not rabid, and they try to avoid contact with people and pets. Bats are good for the environment because they eat insects and pollinate plants. Bats are also protected by law.

However, bats seen flying in daylight, or found on the ground, are more likely to have rabies. Never touch a bat or other wild animal. If you pick up a bat with your bare hands, you may be bitten and exposed to rabies.

Bats that bite a person or pet should be tested for rabies. The bite mark from a bat can be very small and hard to see. Bats that are found indoors near a sleeping person, young child, adult that cannot speak, or pet should also be tested for rabies.   In these cases, try to gently trap the bat without touching it (such as covering it with a bucket), and call your local animal control agency. To see a list of local animal control agencies, click here. You should also talk to your doctor and/or veterinarian in these situations.


MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES - Click HERE for CDC podcasts, videos, eCards and more about RABIES!

Lecture about rabies in Los Angeles County 2011

Centers for Disease Control - Rabies pages

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health web pages
Local Rabies Overview
Rabies Control  Manual
Human rabies

In 2012, a total of 56 rabid bats were found.  This was the largest number of rabid bats detected in a single year since LA County began testing bats for rabies in the early 1960s. In most years, 8-12 rabid bats are discovered. The reason for the increase is unknown.   Click here to see the 2012 map.

To see a map of all rabid bats found in Los Angeles County from 2000 through 2011. click here.


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